Draft Youth Commission Bill Released
The creation of a national youth commission, which was one of the primary agendas of President Ernest Bai Koroma when he took the reigns of power, has finally seen a breakthrough as the National Youth Coalition (NYC) – the body that is pioneering the formation of the commission, presented a draft bill on the youth commission, as revealed by the President of the Coalition Alsankoh Conteh to a cross section of journalists at the Coalition’s Fort Street office in Freetown.
The coalition president Alsankoh Conteh expressed his sincere thanks to President Koroma for working closely with them in producing the draft bill. Mr. Conteh noted that the NYC was established in 2002 as per the recommendation of the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The formation of the NYC according to its president centre’s on how youths in the country should be seen working with the central and local government systems to ensure that their interests are protected and that they are able to take part in decision making drives in the country.
The Commission, Alsankoh Conteh said, will further strengthen the position of youths in the country and help fill the gap in the lack of job facilities as youths make up more than half of the nation’s population.
He also stated that despite the delay in the formation of the Youth Commission, they are still optimistic that the inroads made so far will continue until a finale is drawn on the whole thing. He blamed the combining of Government Ministry of Education and Youth and Sport for lack of much progress on youth welfare in the country.
Sallieu Kargbo, Secretary General of the NYC, expressed that to show our organization’s commitment to work for youths in the country, we have concluded a week long regional tour to popularize the ‘National Youth Commission Bill’ to colleague youths in the provinces so that they are informed about developments in the on-going formation of the commission.
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